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Science delineates animals by their predominant
habitat. Aquatic creatures live in the water,
for example. Since human beings live on the
land, we might be regarded as Terrestrial. Yet,
despite our intimate connection to earth, every
person I have ever met has one key element to
which they strongly respond, and this element is
not always Earth.
is what I call a power element. To illustrate by way of
generalizations, people who love to stand in the face of
wind, or who cannot sleep during wind storms, are
empowered by Air. People who perk up in hot, dry weather
and who seem ever the figurative pyromaniacs are
energized by the Fire element. Individuals with Water as
a power source find solace in a sea shore and immense
energy in water falls. Earth people love
to work the land, and have eternal green thumbs.
Recognizing this element is very important. For example, my power
element is water. So, when I perform auric cleansings
for people, the visualization of a light-wave moving
through me seems very effective, cresting at the areas
of greatest need. Some of the folks I treat actually
report hearing waves or feeling like they were in water.
Whenever I use this approach, the effort drains me far
when I'm tense, weary or out of sorts, I find the
imagery of being washed by waves very helpful to my
personal well-being. The water visualization seems to
smooth out the anxiety, increase my energy, and return my
auric field to a more balanced state. I believe, from
talking to other people, that using visualizations like
this with your own power element will prove similarly
helpful to daily maintenance of body, mind and soul.
should be noted that a person's power element is not
automatically the strongest element in their
personality. In fact, quite the contrary seems to hold
true, perhaps to encourage more balance. For example,
thanks to some friends, I recently realized that my
was Air, because of my propensity
for networking and communication. This never occurred to
me before, and to be honest it came as quite a shock.
Now that I've had time to assimilate the idea, however,
it makes perfect sense, and
the knowledge has been quite helpful in refining the
ways in which I communicate. Now instead of going
against the "wind" I move with it, allowing
that energy to carry my words. Finding your personality
element, and recognizing that of others, will allow for
similar positive adjustment in your life.
when you have about thirty minutes or so of undisturbed
time, gather some paper and a pen and go to a private
place. Spend five to ten minutes of your time meditating
about yourself your likes, dislikes, favorite arts,
hobbies, annoyances, etc. When you're done, breath
deeply and read over the list you've created. What
people often have hobbies like gardening or hiking
(e.g. being with nature). Earth personalities are
often annoyed by the proverbial gypsy spirits who
seem to fly hither and yon without any foundation.
Earth personalities frequently like the colors of
green, brown and black. Mind you, these are
generalities but you see what I mean. Here are some
other characteristics that may help you discern your
Enjoys travel, adventure, freedom and/or athletic
endeavors that require movement. May be soft spoken
with periodic outbursts. Favorite colors are yellow,
white or pastels. Wears light, airy fabrics, and
dislikes people who are rigid and overly concerned
Has tons of energy but a tendency to overdo
everything. Boisterous, sometimes loud, intense
presence and a good motivator. Favorite colors are
red, orange and bright blue. Dislikes wishy-washy
people who can't seem to take a stand. May enjoy
saunas, tanning, building bonfires, etc.
Tends towards gentility and being the proverbial
"mother" to everyone. Favorite colors are
blue, purple and sea greens. Dislikes hot headed
people who show no personal control, and also
dislikes conflict. Hobbies may include swimming,
fishing, and boating.
have time at the end of this exercise, it's interesting
to detail out a few of your friends and family members.
What elemental personality do you seem most drawn to
regularly? Keep this in mind as you meet new people.
important to note at this juncture that your impressions
of the elements may come via sensual input.
person may make you feel physically warm, or perhaps you
can actually hear their aura crackling, smell a smoky
aroma in the air, or see dancing flames in the auric
field. In terms of the other elements, here are some of
the sensual cues you may receive:
rich browns or greens predominant in auric field, smell
of fertile soil or meadows, sounds like rhythmic
drumming or those that come from an uninhabited forest,
feeling is that of cool earth on your palms or grass
below your feet.
yellow and white predominant in auric field, smell of a
spring breeze, or a freshly opened window, sounds like
gusts, tinkling bells, or the rustling of leaves, and
feelings similar to that of a wind moving gently over
blues, blue-green or purple predominates auric field,
smell of an ocean, lake-front or after-rain freshness,
sounds like waves or trickling water over rocks, and
feelings that ebb and flow like the tides themselves.
your personality element, and recognizing that of others
is very helpful to personal relationships, especially
when it comes to discussions and improved understanding.
Fire people often find themselves quite bitchy around
Water and riled up by Air. Similarly, Water people find
that Fire personalities can really make them boil, while
Air people often provide good motivation. Earth people
mingled with Water people makes for muddy relationships,
but this also creates the potential for real growth. On
the other hand, Earth personalities find that Air people
scatter their attentions and tend to uproot well laid
these are broad inferences, but if you are a
"people watcher" you will find they prove
themselves out quite frequently. Also, everyone has more
than one element that evidences itself in their
character. In this exercise we are only discerning the
predominant personality element. The underlying elements
that periodically intermingle are also what keeps
everyone on their toes, and makes each person so unique!
article was excerpted with permission from the
With Devas", by Trish Telesco, published
by Belfry Books, Laceyville, PA 18623.
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